Based on the recommendations by the Joint Administrative Services Board, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to pay the employee portion of the Virginia Retirement System fee for government employees hired or rehired on or after July 1, 2010.
Changes made by state lawmakers during the General Assembly this year gave localities the option of withdrawing up to 5 percent of a new employees’ pay, beginning July 1, 2010, as a retirement contribution.
The Board of Supervisors discussed the option and voiced concerns. Supervisor A.R. “Pete” Dunning Jr. cast the only vote against the motion.
“The state has not paid what it’s supposed to pay,” he said. “Now they want us to bail them out.” Dunning characterized his vote as, “a vote of disgust.”
The ramifications of the vote are not long term since the decision to pay the fees can be changed on a yearly basis. However, Supervisor John Staelin pointed out that it would be hard to stop paying the fees once the county government had started.